Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
– Melody Beattie
I read this quote on another blog earlier today and just had to share it.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been doing the “30 Days of Thankful” posts, something I’ve done for a couple of years now, but I never really talked about why. Now that everyone on Facebook has also decided to do this, it’s easy to roll your eyes and say, “Oh here we go. Another Internet meme. Something else to fill my Facebook and blog feed.” But for me, it’s a bit more cathartic. It forces me to look at my life and the many blessings within it. Things I sometimes take for granted or often wish I could change. True, I don’t necessarily need to share those things with the World Wide Web. I could just as easily jot them down in a gratitude journal, like I did around 2010. But paper journals aren’t my thing anymore and I’ve embraced all things digital instead, so putting it all out there on the blog is just what I do these days.
It’s human nature to never be satisfied; to always want more. But for a few moments each day I force myself to stop and think about something good that day. Sometimes it’s something completely superficial, and sometimes it’s something completely schmoopy. Doesn’t matter what it is, really. Just that for a few moments, I’m grateful and completely content. And if I’m lucky, that feeling of contentedness lasts more than a few moments, and I suddenly forget about our bank account that isn’t big enough, our house that isn’t clean enough, our cars that aren’t new enough, and all the other things that I often feel aren’t “enough.” But they are. In fact, they’re all more than enough. I just forget that sometimes.
So I hope you don’t mind the posts. They’re just my way of sending little reminders to myself.